The Reindeer Analogy
Being an atheist is okay.
As we approach the Christmas season in the USA, this meme has been showing up in our social media feeds:
Being an atheist and shaming religions and spirituality as silly and not real is not okay.
Being a Christian is okay.
Being homophobic, misogynistic, racist ... in the name of Christianity is not okay.
Being a reindeer is okay.
Bullying and excluding another reindeer because he has a shiny red nose is not okay.
A pattern that shuts down communication.
These words poke fun at the way people can feel personally attacked when, in fact, it is their behavior that is being critiqued. All kidding aside, this defense mechanism is a problem. If you believe that someone is disrespecting your character or identity, you may feel you have carte blanche to disengage and disregard that person. This shuts down conversation and critical thinking. It deepen